The fashion brand’s new collection is inspired by the fearless Indian aristocrat, Maharajah of Indore.
After attending an exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Artistic Director of Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller became fascinated by the Indian aristocrat, Yashwant Rao Holkar II (1908 – 1961) — otherwise known as the Maharajah of Indore — who embraced the art of modernism he found on his travels to Los Angeles in the 1930s.
Filled with admiration for this royal traveller who, in his journey of cross-cultural discovery, brusquely let go of his country’s elaborate and rich aesthetics and dove right into his newfound love and passion for the elements of the West, Keller decided to also liberate the gentlemen of today from stiff suits and conventional tailoring with Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2020 creations.
A collector that enjoyed embellishments and artifice, this fearless aristocrat lived his life draped in pearls, gemstones, and precious metals. Such lavish hedonism has been inserted into the collection through elegant hardware, which continues to appear throughout the creations. Whether it’s in brooches, kilt pins or fob chains that are spinning with charms, these shiny embellishments, juxtaposed with Givenchy’s slimline tailoring, create a charming remix of a sleek futuristic wardrobe.
While double-breasted blazers and nipped coats are seen fastened with jewelled hardware, suit lapels, jewel-toned latex layers and zipped cummerbunds offer an unexpected spin to classic styles. Such toughness has also extended into glossed leather trousers, oversized patchwork knits, boxy shirt jackets, as well as chrome-capped, square toe boots — all exuding a sleek nocturnal attitude that offers an intimate ode to the modern man.
Take a look at the full collection in the video below.